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Highgate Cemetery (London) Photos CD - 75 Photos (Scans) + Other London Cemeteries

Highgate Cemetery (London) Photos CD - 75 Photos (Scans) + Other London Cemeteries

Highgate Cemetery (London) Photos CD - 75 Photos (Scans) + Other London Cemeteries


Supplied by Dartmoor Press.

The main folder on the CD contains seventy five (75) scanned colour and b&w photos of Highgate Cemetery taken by amateur enthusiast and photographer Mike Brown in 1984 and 1986, from the days when the place truly was the Victorian Valhalla explored in John Gay's classic book of that name (and also in a TV documentary). The photos, including some taken in winter with snow on the ground, capture the mood of the Old Cemetery when its magnificent monuments grappled for space with the veritable jungle of tangled undergrowth which was trying to strangle them, and tried to fight off the unwelcome attentions of the huge trees and bushy shrubs which threatened to split and topple many others. Included are some photos of the Egyptian Avenue and its walled tombs, and a handful of photos taken in the New Cemetery, including one of the monument to Karl Marx.

Hindsight is a great thing! And many dozens more photos could have - perhaps should have - been taken of the Old Cemetery at the time. But before the days of digital cameras, photography was a relatively expensive hobby for keen enthusiasts. And, of course, amateur photographers always take photos purely for their own interests rather than any intentions of selling them. Considerations which, in fact, make these few dozen photos (scanned images) all the more valuable for enthusiasts, as there are not vast numbers of them in existence. Not valuable in purely monetary terms. Their main value lies rather in the fact that they capture the magical desolation of the place at a particular point in time. Purely coincidentally, the original photos happen to have been taken during the same period as the magnificent b&w photos taken by John Gay and reproduced in his splendid book. That fact, perhaps, makes them the more valuable. As they can provide enthusiasts and researchers with a wider visual record of what the site was like before the fledgling FOHC was in a position to really challenge nature and reclaim the Old Cemetery for future generations to enjoy.

Supplementary folders on the CD contain a further forty seven (47) scanned colour images taken in the same years at some other Victorian Cemeteries in London: Hampstead, Kensal Green, St Pancras & Islington, and Stoke Newington (Abney Park).

There are some outstanding images amongst this small collection, which will certainly delight anyone interested in graveyards and monuments generally, and especially those with particular interests in Highgate and other London Cemeteries.